1. Purple Poppy Mallow
Name: Callirhoe involucrata
Size: 6 to 9 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun; dry to medium, well-drained soil
Native Range: Prairies and open woodlands in the central and southern Great Plains
In May and June, this sprawling plant produces masses of wine red, 21⁄2-inch-wide, chalice-shape flowers above mats of deeply divided leaves. Its rambling growth habit makes it a unique ground cover for dry, sunny situations; it is also beautiful tumbling over the edge of a garden wall. After the initial flush of blooms, grooming the plant can encourage a fresh crop of foliage and flowers.
2. Bottlebrush Grass
Name: Elymus hystrix
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall; 12 to 18 inches wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; dry to medium, well-drained soil
Native Range: Dry woodlands in the east-central United States and adjacent areas of Canada
This species is not a very notable presence until it…
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